Shop Visit: Lowell

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Equal parts museum, gallery, and shop, Lowell is one of my favorite spots in town. Located just off the south end of North Mississippi and up the street from Beam & Anchor, Lowell’s small, colorful exterior belies the large and open interior where owners Maya and Dino have put together a wholly fun and reverent collection of objects. The shop showcases items from many world cultures, a special Southwest bent and goods from local artists. You’ll find ceramics, paper goods, vintage clothing, jewelry, rugs, and wood carvings in stock, displayed lovingly and with true curatorial flair.

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I was lucky enough to visit Lowell on a surprisingly sunny winter day, which filled the space with warm, golden light. A steady stream of shoppers came and went, all on a first name basis with Maya and Dino, and it was lovely to be able to overhear their conversations about art and travel as I took in the beauty of the shop. Truthfully, I spent a little more time on my visit than usual as each corner pulled me in over and over, highlighting a gem I missed on my first look or just enticing me to take a closer look at something I had only glanced at before.

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My shop favorites include Lowell’s custom candles that are handmade in very small batches (recent shop additions include candles poured into exclusive ceramic vessels made by local potter, Liam Drain), concrete fruit planters by New York’s Chen & Kai, vintage turquoise rings, cassette tape releases from Eggy Records, and illustrated calendars from Clay & Wiley Hickson. Maya and Dino just returned from the Southwest and have lots of new items from the trip hitting the shop now.

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Lowell is located at 819 North Russell in Portland. Stop by 12 to 7 Wednesday through Sunday and follow them on Lowell on Facebook and @lowellshopgallery on Instagram.

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This post and photographs are by Honey Kennedy contributor Allison Burt-Tilden. Make sure to visit Allison’s lovely blog Votre Grande Soeur

Tomorrow Is Forever

I’m crazy about this sweet vintage shop Tomorrow Is Forever. There are so many vintage shops online and most of them don’t spend a lot of time getting the era right for the garments they’re selling or put much work into styling and consistent photography, so I love it when they do! You might recognize the shop owner here, Gaby Cetrulo, from some wonderful lookbooks I’ve featured here over the years. It’s fun to find out that she has such a lovely shop and is an artist! My faves are the Eyelet Day Dress, Pink Mini Dress, High-Waisted Shorts and that amazing Lime Green Romper (the buttons!!). More HERE

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CREDITS
Photography: Amber Byrne Mahoney.
Model: Gaby Cetrulo
Clothing: Tomorrow Is Forever.

Self-Portrait

I’ve been admiring the new Self-Portrait Spring/Summer 2015 collection by London-based designer Han Chong. He includes some lovely colors, like ace red pieces and that dreamy blue dress, but the belles of the ball are all his creamy white lace designs. My absolute favorite piece is the Azalea floral lace dress and that long-sleeved top with cut-work lace looks amazing as well. I’m turning a blind eye to these pieces being polyester — something I’m rarely able to do. I love that Chong wants his customers to have fun getting dressed and keeps that in mind while he creates these beauties. The lacy hemlines and flattering shapes are wonderful! More HERE and HERE.

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Images courtesy of Self-Portrait.

Chris Earl: The Framework Collection

So, I’ve just been sitting here for days staring at The Framework Collection made by Los Angeles-based furniture designer Chris Earl. THAT BED. THAT BAR CART. THE LITTLE X TABLES. Walnut, brass, tempered glass — I love every single piece. To top it off, I am officially obsessed with a Tic-Tac-Toe Set. And let’s not forget Mr. Earl’s stunning Danish Candlesticks, Business Card Holders and ceramics collection. It’s all so beautiful. I want so many of his designs for our new home that other housewares just pale in comparison. More HERE.

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“Furniture is more than a mere object in a room. The items that we fill our dwellings with uniquely speak to who we are, what we cherish, and the legacy we leave. Furniture should be functional, graceful and timeless, for it has the power to create a lasting and meaningful impression. Not only does it fill our living spaces, it fills purpose. It hosts conversation and laughter; creating new relationships and strengthening the ones we have. It bears the weight of deep thought and is a marker of our heritage. It moves stories from one generation to the next. Together, let’s build what lasts.” — Chris Earl

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Images courtesy of Chris Earl.

Friday!

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HAPPY FRIDAY! I’m really looking forward to this weekend and another yummy brunch. Last weekend we made major progress on getting some rooms in our new house set up and this weekend we tackle the office. It’s the best feeling to cross these projects off the list and then collapse on the sofa with a bunch of Vietnamese food and some Brit crime TV. I don’t know how people have the time, money and decisiveness to get an entire new house completely set up right after moving in — it boggles my mind. Are you working on any home projects? I hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead! xo Jen

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PHOTOS: 1. Anita Page wearing a Pendleton Harding Duster. I love that print — I have a few things in the modern version of it. 2. Claudia Dell wearing a Pendleton Toboggan Coat.